Montag, 29 . November . 2021

ARC 2011

We did the ARC in 1987 and now again in 2011. Below you can read about some of the benefits of the ARC and see our pictures from 1987. For details about our trip in 2011 read our logbook entries and look at the pictures.


The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, this is what worldcruising says about the ARC:

This annual transatlantic rally starting each November in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has become the most popular way to cross the Atlantic. The largest transocean sailing event in the world, every year the ARC brings together over 200 yachts from all over the world. The Caribbean destination is Rodney Bay in St.Lucia, one of the most beautiful islands in the Lesser Antilles. The 2700 nautical mile passage on the NE tradewind route takes on average between 14 and 21 days.

Conceived as a friendly race for cruising yachts to make the Atlantic crossing both safer and more enjoyable, participating yachts must carry a range of safety equipment including a liferaft, EPIRB and VHF radio. Daily radio nets contribute further to the safety of participants. The presence of experienced sailors is another incentive for those with little offshore experience.

Every year around 1,500 people from over 20 different nationalities come together in Las Palmas for the start of the ARC.  They will be aged from babies of a few months to almost 80.  Some will be crossing the Atlantic for the first time, others will be repeating a favourite adventure.  Some will be enjoying their retirement, others taking a sabbatical from work.  Some crews will be using the ARC to start a new life sailing around the world.

The ARC has a special flavour, which successfully combines racers with cruisers, old with young, and provides entertainment for all. A wide ranging programme of entertainment takes place both before the start and after the finish. The ARC enjoys the support of the Tourist Authority of Gran Canaria, the Port Authority of Las Palmas, Rol Nautic and the St.Lucia Board of Tourism.


For us the ARC departed from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and crossed to Rodney Bay, St.Lucia sarting 20 November, 2011

The ARC is open to cruising monohulls with a minimum length of 8.23-25.91m (27 to 85ft) and cruising catamarans from 8.23 – 18.29m (27 to 60 ft) LOA. Yachts outside these sizes may be permitted to join in the Open Division.
The competitive side of the event will be catered for by the Racing Division, rated under the IRC Handicap System, run under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
The World Cruising handicap is used to calculate results in the cruising classes, in which motoring is permitted.

(But expect worldcruising to be very good at organising the racing or calculate the results.

A full programme of social activities, safety seminars and demonstrations was organised by World Cruising Club in Las Palmas prior to the start, and after the finish in St.Lucia.
Confirmed entrants received regular newsletters about the ARC, containing useful information about planning an Atlantic crossing, updates on entries and safety tips.

To start the world trip in an excellent way, we took part in 2011 and had lots of fun!

How does it feel to cross the Atlantic Ocean? Some impressions of 1987:

ARC 1987

Sheila and Karsten doing the ARC in 1987
Navigating the coral reefs

The ARC is organized by the World Cruising Club. More details: